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Package of Climate Change Adaptation Bills Enrolled by State Legislature

Three adaptation bills were passed by California State legislature and sent to the Governor in the first two weeks of September. Collectively, these bills will enhance California’s capacity to anticipate and remain resilient in the face of climate change, at local and regional levels, across a variety of economic sectors, and in a manner that protects people, places, and water resources.

Senate Bill 379 requires local hazard mitigation plans developed by cities and counties to address climate adaptation and resilience. SB 379 explicitly names Cal-Adapt as a source of information to help cities and counties assess local vulnerabilities to climate change.

Senate Bill 246 establishes a Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Program to be administered by the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research. This Program will coordinate regional and local efforts with state adaptation strategies, require periodic reviews of California’s Adaptation Planning Guide, and establish a clearinghouse of information on adaptation.

Assembly Bill 1482 requires California’s Natural Resources Agency to update the state’s adaptation plan triennially and also requires state agencies to integrate adaptation concerns into planning efforts as well as consider the use of natural systems and natural infrastructure. AB 1482 also expands the role of the Strategic Growth Council to foster implementation of the state’s adaptation strategy.

Post last edited on: 2015 September 24

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